When it comes to the field of singing coaching, a lot of people think of Renee Grant-Williams, David Grant, Elisabeth Howard, and Tara Simon. But, who are these people? How do they stack up against one another? Read on to find out! Also read about some of the other vocal coaches who are currently in the game. Weigh their qualifications and what they have to offer you.
Renee Grant-William’s legendary vocal coaching has influenced many singers from the Dixie Chicks to politicians. She has also worked with public speakers and politicians. She was a member of the National Speakers Association and presented communication skill training programs to numerous associations. Renee is survived by her sister Judie Fisher and her niece, Lisa McAllister Nickels.
Although Grant first gained fame as a member of the British soul/funk group Linx, he is best known as a vocal coach and a media personality. He has appeared on numerous talent shows, including The One and Only, The Wright Stuff and Songs of Praise. David is also an acclaimed musician and has released numerous albums. In 2019, he was awarded an MBE for his services to the arts.
Elisabeth Howard is regarded as one of the world’s top vocal coaches, having taught at the University of Southern California, Hunter College in New York, and Indiana University. She has also taught scores of Broadway performers and founded the Elisabeth Howard Vocal Power Academy in 1980, which has certified Vocal Power Instructors across the greater Los Angeles area. Natalie Cole and Leonard Moss have both been influenced by Howard’s method.
Since the age of three, Tara has dreamed of becoming a singer. When she was 18, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream. At age 19, she made her Broadway debut and toured Europe before returning to New York, where she felt something was missing from her performance. Her first student, an eleven-year-old boy with down syndrome, inspired her to pursue coaching. Today, Tara is recognized as the number one vocal coach in the world.
It may be hard to believe, but the singer, Mark Baxter, wasn’t born to sing. He learned his craft by studying it, practicing until it was perfect, and performing gigs for over three thousand performances. In fact, he credits this unusually varied training with saving his life. He also works with some of the biggest names in music. In fact, some of his clients are famous singers, including Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Susan Anders has been coaching singers for more than 25 years and has helped thousands of people develop their singing skills. Her methods include Harmony Singing By Ear, No Scales, The Vocal Recovery Warmup, and Singing With Style. Anders’ own artist CDs include Swimmer, Release, and You Can Close Your Eyes Lullabies. Her newsletter contains tips, tricks, and news about upcoming vocal workshops.